Prête-Moi Paris

Art Nouveau at the Edge of Paris

I had a regular physical therapy appointment for several weeks at a doctors’ office just at the edge of the city limit in the north of the 17th, and I would make the slow stroll waddle there to get my prescribed weekly medical (reimbursed) back massage for pain due to pregnancy. (I love France). And I noticed that in this sector of the city’s edge, there are some quite lovely buildings, some artists’ lofts and other such pretty architecture. One building in particular caught my eye. It looks like an Art Nouveau or Art Nouveau inspired building. I looked everywhere on it for a architects name and a date of construction, as there usually are on Parisian buildings, but I couldn’t find any. So if anyone may have an idea…do let me know. But let’s say this is a Art Nouveau Paris construction for the moment…

Art Nouveau Paris or Not Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau Paris or Not Art Nouveau

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Le Bistrot du Passage

There is a small, hidden cobblestone passage way in the 17th, with a charming little bistrot that I went to years ago with people from work at my former occupation. I never kept the card with the name and address and thus could not for the life of me find this charming place back again, when Chéri and I moved into the neighborhood. But one day, as we were strolling in the quarter, we happened upon it, and 7 years after my initial meal there, I finally found back this delightful address.

Passage Geoffroy Didelot 75017 Paris

Passage Geoffroy Didelot 75017 Paris

Le Bistrot du Passage, is tucked away on an almost secret passage in this people’s-class-turning-boho-chic area between the Batignolles and the Plaine Monceau areas. The passage is peppered with artist studios and cute restaurants and still retains an authentic air since it has yet to be over-run with the tourism industries best efforts. I hope it stays that way. Read more →

Paris Fashion Week : FW15 Augustin Teboul

Article by Charles Gillman

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Here I am sitting on my sofa, with the sun beaming through the window and the cat is passed out on the floor. I seriously know how she feels! It’s a few days after Paris fashion week, as well as after having quite a few 3:30AM wake up calls for clients having sun rise photo shoots last week, I was in the mood for a few days of hibernation at home. Last Monday I went to see Melissa at home in her perfectly Parisian apartment for tea, macarons, and baby talk… I’m pretty sure a baby could talk better then me at the moment *slowly gets off the sofa and sways towards the coffee machine…*

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Image Source : Augustin Teboul

Where was I, oh yeah, so a little tea and all things twee took my mind off an eventful work schedule. Melissa had an invite for the Augustin Teboul show that was being showcased at one of my favourite hotels in Paris, L’Hôtel Meurice, so I obviously couldn’t say no!

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Image Source : Charles Gillman

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Le Dépanneur Bar and Terrace

Le Depanneur Pigalle

Image Source : Le Dépanneur Pigalle facebook page

Last Summer, Chéri and I had drinks on the terrace of Le Dépanneur, in the trendy area of the 9th just below Pigalle (refered to as SoPi). Across the street on the little tiny plaza on the corner of rue Douai (what Jimmy Buffet refers to as « rue de la guitare ») there was the corner boutique on the ground floor that was completely boarded up. It’s a charming little spot, and I thought, how great it would be if an establishment opened up there and took advantage of the prime real-estate for a great terrace. Well, guess who did just that?!? Le Dépanneur! So they now have both corners on a really great little square. This is going to be the Summer hot spot in a few months!

Image Source : Le Dépanneur Pigalle facebook page

Image Source : Le Dépanneur Pigalle facebook page

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Our Pictours Paris « Baby Moon » Photo Shoot

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Ok, so we didn’t actually take a babymoon to Paris, we live here! But, my friend Lindsey of Pictours Paris who does Paris photo tours that are beyond stunning, offered us a photo shoot as a baby shower gift. And oh my what a gift! She seriously made us look like movie stars! Isn’t Chéri handsome!?!

What I wore :

  • H&M maternity dress
  • Vintage astrakan fur coat
  • Hermès pumps

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Lily of the Valley Tea Shop

Nestled in the North Marais, is this darling little tea shop that Kasia and I went to recently for a little girl time. When I say little, I mean tiny. You’ll brush the knees of other tea drinkers as you head to the counter or a spot on the bench. So try not to go there after an afternoon of Paris shopping laden with purchases and shopping bags, unless of course it’s warm enough to sit on the terrace where there is a little bit more room.

Lily Of The Valley Tea Shop Paris

It was chilly when we went so we opted for seats inside. It’s been open just under a year so far (as of Feb/March 2015), and will hopefully last as it is such a darling spot. Decorated in faux lily of the valley foliage that literally cover the entire ceiling, it is stocked with mix and match china that your grandmother may have collected, and offers home made pastries to tempt you with your tea. So feminine! Read more →

Bébé Chéri’s Circus Nursery

With a lot of web searching, a little DIY and some luck, I was able to create my ideal Paris circus nursery for Bébé Chéri. Ever since my circus themed wedding, I can’t seem to get enough of this fun inspiration. And now that Bébé Chéri is just about here (due April 2nd, 2015), I have finally finished his bedroom, and I am quite happy with it. After a lot of searching, and many happy « finds » I was able to create the exact ambiance I was hoping for : circus/carnival theme for a kid without it being too « babyish » and without over doing it too much. (Did I over-do it? You’ll tell me if I over-did it right???). I have listed here where I found most of the nursery decor, just in case any of you readers are searching. I can’t tell you that it will all be available, but at least you can get some ideas and inspiration!

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Bébé Chéri’s Nursery Bedroom

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Bistrot Paul Bert

Two addresses exist for this Paris bistrot. Number 6 and number 18 rue Paul Bert in the 11th arrondissement. I was running late the day I was to meet my friend there for lunch. And it was raining. (It always seems to be raining in Paris when I am running late, le retard des parisiens!!). As I hurried up the street, I stopped in the first address, number 6, thinking that I had finally arrived after a few bus correspondences, and a lot of walking. It’s a small and lively space at number 6 rue Paul Bert. No friend in site. The bar man indicated that there was a second establishment just up the road. Off I went, frustrated at myself for not calculating enough time to arrive at the agreed upon hour. Thank goodness for understanding friends who are happy not only to wait for you but to order for you, and know you well enough to do so!
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Leibster Award!

It’s been a while since I participated in one of these blogger « award » (awareness) posts. I was nominated recently for a blogger award by Just Some Girl In France. But shame on me, I haven’t followed up on it yet! I’ll try to get on that… But first I want to respond to the Leibster Award that I was nominated for by friend and fellow Paris blogger The Parisienne. Thank you lovely!

Ça fait un moment depuis que j’ai participé à un de ces billets « récompenses » (reconnaissances) . J’ai été nominée récemmment par Just Some Girl in France pour son Blogger Award. Et honte à moi de ne pas avoir encore fait un billet de retour! Je vais essayer de régler cela bientôt… Mais d’abord je voulais répondre au Leibster Award pour lequel ma pôte la bloggeuse The Parisienne m’a nominé. Merci ma belle!

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The Rules (if you are nominated here below)

It’s simple really, 11 is the number we are celebrating here and there are 4 parts :

– 11 facts about me and my blog
– 11 answers to the questions posed by the blogger who nominated me
– 11 of my own questions to ask other bloggers
– 11 blogs that I follow and recommend, and nominate to follow up and answer my questions in a similar post!

Les règles (si vous êtes nomminés ci-dessous)

En fait, c’est assez simple. Le 11 est à l’honneur et le jeu se décompose en 4 parties :
– 11 faits sur mon blog & moi
– 11 réponses aux questions posées par le(s) Blog(s) qui m’ont nominée
– 11 questions à poser à d’autres blogueurs
– 11 blogs que je recommande de suivre, que je nomine donc et qui devront répondre à mes questions dans un billet similaire! Read more →

Top 10 Beautiful French Women

Some say that French women are more beautiful. I don’t know if that is true. Perhaps the myth comes from a certain poise (also known as discretion), a savoir-faire when it comes to wardrobe, and a light hand when it comes to fixing the ravages of time (also known as plastic surgery). Whatever it is, all ten of these women represent that je-ne-sais-quoi in French elegance and beauty, that women worldwide try to imitate. And these ladies seem to do so effortlessly. These are my top ten most beautiful French women today.

Isabelle Adjani

N° 1. Isabelle Adjani. -Ever since I saw the movie La Reine Margot, I was immediately captivated by this woman’s striking beauty. And her seemingly independent and fiery yet graceful nature only add to her enigma. Born in 1955 she began acting at age 14, in theaters. Actress, model, mother and with a bi-cultural background (her father was Kabylie-Algerian ~they are known for their striking blue or green eyes~ and her mother was Bavarian-German). Isabelle was born in Paris. She’s known for her intense self-implication into the roles she plays.  she has not only has talent and beauty, she has charisma. If you have never seen La Reine Margot or Camille Claudel, you’ll understand! Read more →

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